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Wow. Dumb. Wow.

If you haven't heard about the Cooks Source brouhaha, seawasp's "Yes, Virgina, there ARE idiots editing magazines. [EDITED with MORE STUPID!]" is a decent place to start link searching. Seems the magazine was saving costs by plagarizing what sounds like most of its content, from a rather startling array of sources. Then the editor... I would say shot herself in the foot, but total self-immolation seems a better metaphor. Let's just climb the highest tree and wave a lightning rod around during a thunderstorm, shall we?


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Nov. 5th, 2010 11:59 pm (UTC)

"Let's just say that if complete and utter chaos were lightning, [s]he'd be the sort to stand on a hilltop in a thunderstorm, wearing wet copper armor and shouting 'ALL GODS ARE BASTARDS!' "
Nov. 6th, 2010 12:31 am (UTC)
Yeppers. I do hope that magazine is a one-woman band; then again anybody who hired her probably deserves what they get.
Nov. 6th, 2010 07:39 am (UTC)
If I were her, when the editor spouted off like that I'd've just gotten the forms together and sent off a DMCA takedown notice. If the magazine's lucky their host'll just kill the page. If they aren't, their host'll just take their entire site off-line. That magazine and people like them need to get the message: it's not just "professionals" who get to enforce their copyrights.
Nov. 6th, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
The magazine itself is hard copy, printed and distributed; so the site takedown would not completely cure the problem. There's also recalling any copies retrievable (I gather this thing is a freebie ad rag, so they probably can't), apologizing profusely in the next issue and providing whatever legal recompense is due the author. But the editor apparently lacks any clue of how to behave (I'd sure hate to be one of her subordinates). Of course given that most of the magazine appears to have been pirated* from an impressive array of sources I'd say it's far too late to try and put the mushroom cloud back into the shiny plutonium sphere...

*Though I dare say some may be resales by authors, assuming it is still customary to only sell first North American printing rights or the like; it's been a Looooong time since I submitted anything to a magazine.
Nov. 6th, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
Yep, but the goal of the DMCA takedown isn't to correct the problem. It's a "First, you gotta get his attention." 2x4 smack, a visceral "No it's not public domain, and yes I can make bad things happen to you because of it, so fix your attitude and let's try this again from the top shall we?".
Nov. 8th, 2010 02:52 am (UTC)
Gasoline on the Fire

Yeah, @neilhimself retweeted this, so I threw some gasoline on the fire, and then decided to throw more gasoline on the fire.

Talk about use of the footgun above and beyond the call of duty!
Nov. 8th, 2010 04:46 am (UTC)
Re: Gasoline on the Fire
I've yet to see any evidence that this thing is even PUBLISHED by a corporation; there may not be any officers other than the editor. Anybody out there have a copy of the actual publication with colophon? I'm curious.
Nov. 8th, 2010 05:42 am (UTC)
Re: Gasoline on the Fire


The impression I get is that it's probably a one person show. And the person in question messed up big time.

Of course I could be wrong. Guess we'll find out.

BTW, they made a claim that they had someone working on the hackers at one point. I did some research, and as far as I can tell, that person doesn't exist.

Nov. 8th, 2010 05:53 am (UTC)
Re: Gasoline on the Fire
Same here - she acts like it - "I am the high lord and you are the lowly peon". That noted, I'm almost beginning to believe said editor is SO internet naive that she actually THOUGHT stuff on it was public domain. Just totally clue-free. Stonewalling with marshmallows.
Nov. 8th, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC)
Clue Free

Like that. Clue Free. Sounds a lot politer than Clueless, but means the same thing.

I think you are totally right, that Judith Griggs really doesn't know what she's doing. That she may have thought that what she was doing was legit. From one point of view I almost feel sorry for her. Almost.

Just curious - did you watch the Downfall satire video about Cooks Source? It was a hoot.
Nov. 8th, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Clue Free
Comes from the phrase "raised in a totally clue free environment" though I forget where that originated, if I ever knew.

Nope, haven't seen the video - link?
Nov. 8th, 2010 10:13 pm (UTC)
Let's see if an embed will work - yep looks like it will

Nov. 9th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
Re: Let's see if an embed will work - yep looks like it will
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